Bruichladdich 1991 Cadenhead Wine Cask

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Can’t find the picture I took or a picture of the bottle online, so here’s a picture from my visit to the distillery.

This is another offering from Cadenhead’s wood range, this one having been aged in a Bourbon hogshead and then a Burgundy wine cask. I really like the wood range offerings from Cadenhead and have had some really interesting ones, but to be honest I got this as a sample which didn’t state the cask type and I really didn’t feel it.

A few notes popped up here and there but I felt the bourbon cask influence a lot more. Interestingly this whisky is also from distillate made before Bruichladdich was mothballed in 1993 (to be re-opened, refurbished and rebranded in 2001) when things were done a little differently there.

Aged 25 years. 48.2% ABV. Matured in a bourbon hogshead and a burgundy wine cask. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.

Nose: Wood polish. Banana flavouring. Tropical fruit. Candy canes. Red liquorice. Slight sulphury note. Wood spice. Strawberry powder. Modelling clay. Salt.

Palate: Feels a little weak. Bitter wood. Wood spice. Dry fruity tannins. Dark plums. Chalk dust. Dried berries. Ends with a slightly unpleasant ethanol note.

Finish: Medium. Ethanol carries over from the palate. But dies off fast. Leads to dry red fruits. Raspberry powder. Dry wood. Slightly sour malt note.

Would I buy this: No

Would I order this in a bar: No

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 1/5

I found this one oddly weak. The nose was pleasant, albeit without too prominent a wine character, but the palate kind of let me down, felt quite watery and finish was a little short for a cask strength bottling. There was also a flair of ethanol which was unbalanced. A bit of a disappointment considering the caliber of other whiskies I’ve tried from this range.

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